Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mojo Pork Tenderloin Fajitas with Avocado Salsa

In a very recent post, I mentioned that I didn't want to join Pinterest.  However, I have given in.  I am slightly (cough, cough) addicted.  I could spend hours browsing recipes, DIY projects, and other ideas for my kids.  They have these little sayings alongside vintage pictures.  I saw this one of a mom talking to her son.  It said something like, "I have told you not to use that language!  However, in the right context, it is completely understandable, and you're right... That food did taste like s***."  I was cracking up.  I don't know who comes up with this stuff, but it makes my hours of being up with a baby at night much mroe enjoyable. 

These fajitas will not taste like the above-mentioned adjective.  They were tasty indeed.  The flavor of the grilled pork was wonderful thanks to a citrusy marinade.  The grilled vegetables were a nice touch, and the avocado salsa was the cherry on top.  This is a healthy meal and a unique way to use up pork tenderloin in a different way.

Mojo Pork Tenderloin Fajitas with Avocado Salsa
source: Better Homes and Gardens Grill It! Cookbook

1/3 c olive oil
1/4 c chopped onion
1/3 c lime juice
1/3 c orange juice
1 t cumin
1 t oregano
6 cloves garlic
1 1-pound pork tenderloin

2 lg sweet red peppers, halved and seeded
2 medium onions, cut into thick slices
8 8-inch flour tortillas

1 avocado, diced
1/4 c diced red onion
1/4 c chopped cilantro
2 T lime juice
1/2 to 1 t hot pepper sauce
1/4 t salt

Combine the first seven ingredients in a quart size Ziplock bag and add the pork tenderloin.  Marinate for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator

 Remove pork and reserve marinade.  Brush the red peppers and onion with the reserved marinade.  Discard the rest.

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. 
 Grill the meat for 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 155 degrees. Tent the meat with foil and let it rest for ten minutes.
 While the meat is resting, grill the peppers and onions for ten minutes total- five minutes on each side.
 Warm the tortillas on the grill for only about 20 seconds per side.
 Slice the meat, pepper, and onions.  Place on a plate with the tortillas.
 Combine the Avocado Salsa ingredients.  This can be done up to four hours in advance. 
Serve the fajitas with the salsa, sour cream, cheese, and whatever other toppings you may like. 

These were wonderful!  The flavor of the pork was fantastic. 

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